The Council of Bishops will award three Local Initiative Grants to groups within United Methodist Church annual conferences who lead special projects with the goal of strengthening ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships. Such projects may include building ecumenical or interreligious networks on a local level among specific groups, for example young adults, and online through social media.

Each grant is awarded in the amount of $1,000, and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2017. Recipients will be chosen and awarded the first half of the grant amount ($500) by November 17, 2017. The projects must be completed between January and July, 2018. The second $500 will be mailed once a summary report is filed. Preference for Local Initiative Grants will be given to groups elected to lead in Christian unity and interreligious relationships.

Local Initiative Grant Application 2018


The COB will also offer  an annual scholarship to one student to participate in the “Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies”(CC) through The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in conjunction with the University of Geneva. A total amount of $10,000 US will be sent to Bossey on behalf of the chosen student.  Applicants for this scholarship must be active members of The United Methodist Church, be between the ages of 22 and 30, be preparing through an approved seminary for vocational ministry in The UMC, and be accepted by Bossey into this program.  The deadline to receive application to Bossey is November 2017, so completed applications for this scholarship must be received by the Council of Bishops’ office no later than September 15, 2017.  Notification will be given to the scholarship recipient no later than October 6, 2017 so the recipient can complete his or her application to Bossey in time.  For more information about the CC in Ecumenical Studies, click here.